Industrious 15 Minutes of Fame: Meet Chloe!
1) What (who) brought you to Industrious?
I met Rachael Novak through Edmonds Moms and she was just starting to teach “fitmom” classes at a small gym in Mukilteo. She stopped teaching, but encouraged me to join her for a workout at the gym she was working out at. That gym happened to be Industrious, was close to my house, and there were a few other “fitmoms” who had also joined. My first class was an afternoon class in April of 2015 and then I joined and haven’t looked back.
2) What is the most significant change you have experienced since you have been here?
The most significant change is confidence in myself in and out of the gym. Rather than worrying about a stressful day at work or home I find myself thinking, if I could throw heavy weight around at 5am I sure as heck can handle this. My physical strength has given me a new outlook and confidence in life. It still surprises me to be thought of as an athlete. Never in my life have I had the title “athlete.” It gives me an inner-strength I never considered I would get from the gym.
3) What is your favorite thing about Industrious?
My favorite thing about Industrious are the coaches. They are all different people from different backgrounds, and always presenting a positive attitude and encouraging environment. No matter who is teaching when you walk in the door the coaches are going to greet you by name. I think a big part of what everyone says about this being such a great community to be a part of is that the coaches are always positive and there to help us and that positive attitude rubs off on the rest of us.
4) What are your goals or aspirations for this year?
For this year I had set goals of getting pull-ups and toes-to-bar. I just got three kipping pull-ups the other day, but toes-to-bar still eludes me! A new goal is to get into the 100kg club for back squats…10kg to go! For once in my life, my fitness goals are about accomplishing a task instead of just losing weight and this is way more fun!
5) Share one thing we do NOT know about you!
On Labor Day weekend my Aunt was hosting a BBQ for some friends. My 91 year old grandma didn’t show up for the BBQ so I stopped by her house on my way home since she still lives alone and I suspected something must be wrong. When I discovered my grandma she was on the floor in her closet and she was unable to get up on her own. I asked her how much she weighed, and to give me the real answer, not the answer women give each other. Functional fitness at its best, I decided, yes, I can move her, and I did safely to her bed. I called the paramedics and turns out she had a mild stroke. She’s doing great now and got to return home after three weeks of physical therapy.